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That IS right. 

This IS not a typical storv of a 
claimant frustrated and 
desperate going over the score 
with a smart-ass clerk. 

In this case the clerk is 
alleged to have slapped the 
claimant - totally unprovoked. 
Several witnesses were 
present. In most other respects 
this was a'^ypic^xs^. ' 

The claimant was stone v 
broke. No money to buy the tea 

• rentr- in fact he was wofried" 

But he staved cool, because, 
unlike many people, he knew he 
had a right to make an 'Urgent 
Needs' claim which would 
mean an on the spot payment. 

After going through the 
normal procedure, he got £4. 
That is he had to wait for two or 
three hours, getting pushed 
from person to person and 
being told that an over-the- 
counter payment "Just isn't 


He knew £4 would hardly be 
enough. So he started to make 
out a complaint form. 

Now a complaint form goes 
straight to the high ups and 
means all kind of bother for the 
' local office. It rather suggests 
that the local office cannot do 
the job properly - that is put off 
claimants without a fuss. 

It was while the clerk was 
trying to prevent the complaint 
being drawn up that the alleged 
assault took place. 

We would well imagine that 
the clerk was under pressure 
both from overwork and being 
pressured by her boss, but if 
she had read the top secret 
codes her behaviour might have 
been different. 

The standard procedure, if a 
claimant is being too pushy, is 
to retire to the back office and 
let them "stew for a while" 
(and everyone else in the queue 
which gets the claimants fight- 
ing amonst themselves). 

The reason the 'A' and 'AX' 
codes are secret is that they 
clearly state procedures for 
deliberately harrassing the 
claimant and misinforming 
them of their rights. 

last year that claimants had 
been cheated out of £300 
million to which they were 
entitled (See Bread and Roses 

The newly elected govern- 
ment has made a commitment 
to putting pressure on 
'scroungers' who make money 
for nothing and forcing them 
into low paid jobs. 

No. We are not talking about 
the House of Lords, but the 

Bntish people (most of whom 
live in Glasgow by the way). 

Of courise, there are no jobs 
available to force the 
'scroungers" into. Foreveryjob 
offered there are 65 applicants 
and the figure is as high as 
1-500 in some areas. 

Don't worry, the Tories have 
promised to increase profits 
and that will mean more jobs, if 
only the 'scroungers' and 
wasters can be persuaded to 
take even more cuts in real 
wages. All this is aimed at 
producing jobs (sic)? 

In my area alone - Clydeside - 
they have just announced that 
10,000 shipbuilding jobs are to 
be scrapped and whole 
communities are to become 
ghost towns. 

With thousands more coming 
onto the dole queue, it is even 
more vital that claimants join 
together in Qaimants Unions to 
fight for a decent standard of 
living with or without a job . 

They must be careful not to 
fail into the trap of 'co- 
operating' with the SS who 
have shown time and again that 
the velvet glove conceals a 
computerised iron fist that has 
been programmed by the 
government to squeeze us dry. 

It is quite obvious, that the 
attacks on claimants are part of 
a wider attack aimed at soften- 
ing up the working class. A 
recent government report on 
the distribution of wealth 
showed that the Labour govern- 
ment was successful in this. 
The proportion of wealth owned 
by the top 1% increased 
dramatically during the so- 
called crisis. The Tory 
government are determined not 
to be out done. After all they 

For anything except 


Wa must fight to 

The hill, to tightcD up the 
he sailing through Parliani 
the coiranittee stage. 
The nev Bill will make it ' 
get an ahortion for econom: 
The Bill contains the 
following attacks o n i 
women's rights, 
- Tt could he iniposs- 
ible to get an ahor- x 
tion after 2^ weeks. 
The time limi t is 28 
weeks at the moment . 

laws s 
is aire 

fhe ■■'estm 
altogether . 

; And 

.c or socia 

- reasons. 

■- Tt 


be harder 
to approve 

- "any women's advice 
centres may be forced 
to close. 

- rk>vernment spending 
cuts will, severely 
affect NHS. abortion 
facili ties. 

None of these restric- 
tions will apply to 
the rich who will, as 
always , be able to buy 
their privileges. 

Words could hardly de- 
scribe the desperation 
that would drive less 
privileged v^omen to 
file' biitthers and hack- ' 
street abortionists. 
Alas, the figures tell 
their own grissly tale 
'''beir was a horrify - 
inf amount of death 
and mutilation during 

tions on abortion. 
Tf Corrie's new Rill 
is allowed to suceed, 
unt^arr^'ed women, women 
experiencirj! m.enopause 

whose contraceptive 
has failed and women 
whose G?, deliberately 
delayed referring them 
will he forced to con- 
tinue with an unwanted 

l>fhat right have '•'PN in 
Westminster got ^o 
tell WO^F"' what to do 
wit'i. the rest of their 
lives. Tt must be a 
woman's choice. 

If women are to have 
true freedom of ch'^ice 
then abortion must be 
freely available. 

If it was, then the 
question of late abor- 
tions ^^™uj^niatjarise_ 
and- the*S«a*f«eif8!^M%¥" 

press would have to 
look elsewhere for 
their horro r stories 
and scandal . ' 

Tn the end, of course, 
we must do more than 
defend our rights to 

Then we will have true 

Freedom from control 
by the bosses; 
Freedom from hardship; 
Freedom to eniov our 
parenthood ; 

And freedom to choose 
the world we bring our 
children into. 

THE EVENING TIMES of Saturday July 7th 
reports an unusual little experiment being 
conducted by a Dr John Hlnton of Glasgow 
University. The Scottish Home and Health 1 
Dept. have given him a second grant of £5000 1 
to ccmtinue research Into what makes violent 1 
criminals violent. The answer, it appears, id 
in their urine. 1| 

Dr Hinton's fascination 
with urine is so great 
that he has 600 inmates 
of Scottish prisons and 
borstals supplying him 
^with sample sjit,.i;,egjlgj|^ 
Intervals. And by 
careful examination of 
this urine, Dr Hinton 
expects to be able to tell 

vidual, like hair coMB 
or eye colour. 

This idea, for which 
there has never been a 
shred of evidence, has 
ijmglaiglBB'g fat ' wim 
champions of the estab- 
lished .sQciai^orcler', for 
it deflects responsibllitj 
from a society founded" 
us all what makes people on hierarchy and explM' 
commit violent criminal tation, a society rife 


A councillor add ei-coimcilior 
an at die ncehing end of 
hanb rattldsms from tenants In 
a homhig scheme in Glasgow. 

Castlemilk is a post war 
housing scheme of 10,000 
council houses and a population 
of around 45.000 people. 
Despite the fact that it is the 
largest scheme in Europe, 
Castlemilk has few amenities. 
There are no pubs, cafes, 
restaurants, cinemas, bingo 
halls, theatres or even adequate 
facilities for kids. 

This impressive record has 
been maintained over Castle- 
milk's 23 yean of existence by 
the dedication to inactivity of 
the local councillors. Not 
surprisingly, therefore, the 
main ambition of many people 
in Castlemilk is to get out, that 
is to get a transfer to another 
area. And again, not surpris- 
ingly the local councillors prove 
themselves about as useful as a 
durex with a hole in it. 

The current favorite for the 
"Screw the People" award is 
Labour councillor George 
Manson. George is renowned 
for his shrewdness, rudeness. 

that order). Local people talk of 
his "disgusting manner" and 
express the opmion that he is a 
"very ignorant man". Again, 
despite his inability to help 
tenants with their applications 
for housing transfers, George 
had no difficulty in getting a 
transfer himself to a "desirable 
area". He did this by 
"jumping the queue" and 
getting his case dealt with by 
the Council's Special Cases 
Committee! Well, you must 
admit, George is certainly a 
special case! 

Around the time George was 
queue-hopping, another Labour 
councillor, Pat Lally - a boozing, 
sorry bosom buddy of George's 
- found himself in a rather 
sticky situation. Pat was 
Chairman of the Housing 
Committee when another (yes, 
another) Labour councillor had 
fiddled her son a house. Well, 
the stmk got out, and a fiill 
investigation was promised by 
councillors, officials and the 
police. Pat was suspended, 
then bombed out of the Labour 
Party. Time grew longer and 
people' i memories of the 
.scaj^^ ., shatter;.- . Jfcuchaiges^ j 

were made by the police, and 
Lally managed to creep back 
into the Labour Party. As if this 
wasn't incredible enough, there 
is even the possibility/threat 
that he may be trying for 
re-election in the near future! ! 

So, although people in - 
Castlemilk have little faith in 
councillors generally, you can 
see the particular concern over 
the continuance of the colourful 
careers of these two champions 
of the working class. At the 
moment there is a - vigorous 
campaign by local people (some 
of whom have supported the 
Labour Party all their lives) 
to warn their neighbours of the 
folly of re-electing either 
Manson or Lally and continuing 
the mistakes of the last 23 

Real change can only come of 
course when people no longer 
entrust their lives to councillors 
officials and other arse-holes. 
"We cannot prevent ourselves 
bebig distmstfol even of tihese 
who have won onr votes. 
King's palaces aie not the only 
homes of despots." 


A link will be found, 
he hopes, between chem- 
icals in the prisoners' 
urine and the type <rf 
crime committed. 


tn other words, Hinton 
is employing £10, 000 
in procuring an ocean of 
deviant urine in order to 
bolster up a tired old 
idea; namely that the 
impulse to violent 
or criminal acts Is 
simply one of the natural 
endowments of the indi- 

with deprivation, power 
lessness and frustration 

How much more conven- 
ient for the Establish- 
ment to claim that 
violence is not the 
product of a particular 
warped society but the 
result of a deviant 
chemistry'. So keen 
are they on this lunatic 
project that they are 
prepared to spend 
£10, 000 on what is, 
after all is said and 
done, a load of old piss. 

mm) m m^n 

1st n 




WOLK VORLD can he yours, v 
t" do what you like. 

2nd PBIZE. 

All the ir.oney ir the world will 

All you *ave to do is say it no 
words WR.4T YOU WO"LI) IF 4LI, 
F0LTTTC.t;\x,c; ■^s.f, TO DISA'"'EA'?. 
Send your answer, LTritter or f-, 
;aext;,jEGpy:: of .JAIB .XaES .j^ni. -ji d. 

ith the ''reedo 

: irore than li 


ALTHOUGH WE assess a man's worth by the 
main, the significant factors in his life, it is often 
the smaller actions that reveal his character. So 
it is with our labour "leaders". 

As they hesitantly respond to the Tories' 
onslaught on living standards, a few brave souls 
have come forward to support the parole of the con- 
victed murderer, Jimmy Boyle. Very good'. But, 
we may ask, "Why have you maintained a shameful 
silence for six years on the plight of Matt Lygate ?" 

In 1973 the High Court in Glasgow sentenced 
four young men to a total of 81 years imprisonment 
on charges of bank robbery. On extremely flimsy 
evidence and the testimony of a single witness the 
following sentences were handed down: 

MoPherson - 25 years With the exception of 

Doran - 24 years Doran, all were members 

Lygate - 23 years of the small Workers 

Lawson - 6 years Party of Scotland. 

In the 

face of these inhuman pri- 
son sentences - the 
longest ever passed by a 
Scottish court - there 
was a deafening silence 
from our Labour "lead- 
ers". AH the Clydeside 
MPs were approached by 
the Defence Committee 
at the time for contribu- 
tions to the Appeal Fund 
and vocal support in the 
campaign, but In vain. 
"Wait", said James White, 
MP for PoUok, "till a 
Labour Government 
comes to power." 

Well, the Labour 
Government has come 
and gone and neither 
Ross nor Millan did 
anything to review the 
case nor cut the asto- 
nishing sentences. 

You see, "justice" 
must take its course. 
But Is it justice to bury 
men in gaol ? Had they 
been convicted of killing 
some old lady the courts 
would have been more 
lenient - but robbery. . . 
a crime against property 

and with political 

overtones'. For this the 
majesty of the law invokes 
several life sentences. 

At the end of last 
year I spoke to the old 
socialist Harry McShane 
about approaching those 
MPs on the left regard- 
ing the Lygate case. H 
he did there has been no 
response. If he didn't, 
it doesn't matter for 
they wouldn't do any- 
thing anyway. To asso- 
ciate oneself with a 
talented criminal like 
Boyle (he's an artist and 
writes books, you know) 
has a certain quality 
about it; but there's no 
political mileage In Matt 

In the course of the 
next year. Matt Lygate 
may be considered for 
parole. The danger ts 
that he won't get it. 
There are indications 
that entrenched political 
elements In- the Scottish 
Office will prevent it. 
Matt's freedom may well 
depend on-us, Let's^ 
start the campaign now 
to secure his release. 


IN MAY 1978, six anarchists, Ronan Bennett, Iris 
Mills, Dafydd Ladd, Vince Stevenson, Trevor Dawton 
and Stewart Carr, were arrested by the Anti- 
Terrorist Squad in London and the south-east of 

"England In a blaze of sensationallst.and scare-i^ . >- ■ 
mongering publicity concerning "bomb factories" 
and "terrorist cells". 

The six were held as Category A priscmers (Top 
Security) in Brixton. 

Iris Mills was held in 
solltar'- lonfinement in 
Brixt^, normally an 
all-male prison. She 
was supposed to be so 
dangerous that HoUoway 
was not secure enough to 
hold her. 


The six were charged 
with "conspiracy to cause 
explosions" and the med- 
ia hinted at links with 
Baader-Meinhof and the 
supposed 'International 
Terrorist Conspiracy'. 


The only concrete 
evidence brought for- 
ward to substantiate the 
explosives charge was 
two tins of ordinary 
weedkiller and some 
wire found In the pos- 
sesslcsi of Iris Mills 
and Ronan Bennett. Tne 
substance of the explosives 
charge appeared to be 
that the defendants knew 
one another and that two 
of them possessed mate- 
rials which COULD be 

This, alleged the 
A.T.S., constituted a 
It must be remem- 
bered that at the time 
of the arrests the 
A.T.S. had very little 
to do, there having been 
no I.R.A. activity for 
sometime. Could it be 
that they felt they had 
to manufacture a conspir- 
acy to help justify their 
existence ? The lack of 
hard evidence for their 
charges certainly sug- 

From the start the 
case has been a political 
one. The defendants are 

^j±iiSi*0ht^''s^ni3 this has 
been used as a major 
element in the case . 
Det. Supt. Bradbury has 
called them "idealistic 
persons who would take 
positive steps to over- 
throw society". The 

" main justification for 
their original treatment 
seems to have been 
that they were danger- 
ous because of their 
beliefs despite the lack 
of hard evidence of any 
illegal activity. 

At the same time 
Ronan Bennett has not 
been granted bail. This 
means that by the time 
of the trial in September 
he win have served the 
equivalent of a two year 
jail sentence with full 
remission. The main 
reason for this appears 
to be that he is Irish. 
Recorder Shindler in 
refusing bail at the Old 
Bailey gave as his 
reason - "I have looked 

at his antecedents. He 
was brought up in Ire- 
land, We have to be 
realistic about these 
things - there are 
associations and there 
are dangers - we cannot 
have a man disappearing 

^iiimifif I - 

The A.T.S. 's terror- 
ist conspiracy case, 
subject of so many sen- 
sationalist headlines, 
appears on close exam- 
ination to be a rather 
Insubstantial affair. 


trial date is still not set, 
even after a period of 
more than a year since 
the arrests, though it is 
believed it will take place 
in September. The 
scandal Is that it should 
take place at all. 

*****A support group. 
Persons Unknown, is 
considering organizing 
a demcmstratlon around 
the start of the trial. 
Meanwhile they need 
donations to help with 
publicising the case and 
the defence of the accused. 
The address Is: 




From office girls 
to print workers 

cussing setting up machinery 
for a national sick pay agree- 
ment. That's nice. One of the 
temp, agencies advertise sici< pay 
as among the "normal" employ- 
ment benefits that it offers- 
but we, working in a closed 
shop of one of the most power- i 
ful unions, can have it taken 
away at will. ■ 


Not that we are "real" union 
members. We are "allied process'.' 
workers-and when, after an un- 
predictable number of months i 
.(one woman has been waiting -3 
for a year, though it's supposed | 
to be three months) during ' 
which we pay our £1 a week 
dues, we get our union cards, we 
will just be "apprentices" for . 
five years thereafter. » ^' 


The boss turned to the 
male keypunch operator i 
workplace (a computer-type- 
'setting firm) and said "Jim, can 
you tell me what the following 
■things are? " Then he rattled 
off a long list of printing terms, 
to each of which Jim, who has 

freeze. He implied that she and 
I had been hired by mistake and 
admitted to the union by mis- 

'\mong his remarks was "1 
wanted a total male staff from 

had their membership (more 
about this later) and all were at 
least probationers. 

When hired, we were aslced 
not to tell the others about the 
differential. Being in a poor 

employment position, I complied the trade. I'm not a good 
with this, but I did tell the manager; 1 wor'- better with 

j„„„ „ r ,. ,. union, who gave me some con- men 

«"th a mixture of being "tr^ne^^^IdwXeal- I apoloj 
ise till it blew up how insubstan- 
tial this distinction was) and the 
shop steward having "everything 
under control". 

pride and embarrassment. 

The boss turned to the rest 
of us. "How many of you 
ladies know the answers to 

those questions? " 

Shamefaced silence— but 
only momentary: the awkward 
moment passed, and we went 
on arguing firmly. 

The issue was that two of us 
"ladies" (one of them me) 
were getting more money than 
the others for no good reason.- 
and we knew it. We had just 
happened to "come in through 

the right door", i.( 

Anyway, the "trainees" found 
out anyway and raised hell, al- 
though they were very nice to 
me and liio other worker about 
it. In effect they had an unoffi- 
cial stoppage, though some of 
them would faint if you put it 
that way to them. Everyone 
was just too angry or upset to 

Th^e boss (usually^bsent, for- 

ing the National Graphical 
Association: we had no more 
printing background than the 
others, were experienced 
at our particular job, and were 
only probationary union mem- 

approach- tunately) came down and haran- place: Ji 


Our shop steward (also a man 
from the trade) told us that the 
question of the differential was 
going through the union mach-. 
inery. We demanded assurance 
that it would be closed-up- 
wards— in the next paycheque, 
which was a month off. Pushed 
into a corner, he said "Yes," 
whereupon the boss started 
screaming about how he could- 
n't afford it. 

After a long argument we 
took a vote on the proposition 
that the differential should be 
closed now, at management's 
expense. The vote was 10 yes, 
5 abstentions and 1 no. ■ 

Among the 5 abstentions 
were all three men-from-the- 
ide connected with our work- 

despite their different roles, 
obviously identify with each 
-■ other more than any of them 
does with us. 


Any, the boss went off to 
think it over, came back after 
a quarter hour and announced 
that yes, he would borrow 
money (sob, sob) to close the 
differential, but that he was 
withdrawing all sick pay and was 
also withdrawing from the work- 
ing mothers their former "pri- 
vilege" of varying-not shorten- 
ing, but varying, and only by a 
half hour or so-their hours in 
order to collect children. 

After all, he observed all too 
correctly, variations in hours are 
against union regulations. Previ- 
ously the shop steward had 
winked an eye at it: but the fact 
that the regulation existed gave 
management a weapon against 

This particular move was a 
purely retaliatory one. With- 
drawing sick pay may increase 
his profits, but withdrawing 
variable hours makes no differ- 
ence to him financially. 


I don't know why the union 
.opposes llexitime. It's an ob- 
viously happier arrangement 
for any worker, and it's the 
only way to get rid of dis- 
crimination against working 
parents, it just seems to go^ 
against the union's fanatical 
wish for order and discipline- 
away with part-time work, 
casual work, self-employment, 
nationalise everything and have tional skills, and traditional 

working history, of women. By 
saving up all our dues for a 
month, couldn't they afford to 
take their problem to a local 
stationer-and-printer and have 
him print a fourth kind of 
card since it's beyond their 

After this confrontation with 
its mixed results, we were de- 
pleted. Most of the women there 
are very anxious lo preserve a 
friendly alniosphere and are 
personally averse to militancy. 
But the boss's petty harass- 
ments about timekeeping and 
productivity (one woman has 
had a nervous breakdown pre- 
cipitated by a nasty warning 
letter from him) have put every- , 
one's back up. We also know 
our power. We closed that dif- 
ferential without even mention- 
ing the word "strike". Give us 

The shop steward explained 
this "apprenticeship'' biisiness 
to me- "You see, they only 
print three kinds of cards: full : 
members, journeymen and 
apprentices." 1 was too concer- 
ned to laugh. All these super- 
skiiled nien-h-'ini-t!ie-tr:ide who ' 
run our union can't contrive to^. 
print a fourth kind of card'to 
suit a new technology that just 
happens to depend on the tradi- 

bureaucrats instead of capital- 
ists pushing you around. 

After the dispute 1 said to 
the shop steward "He can't 
withdraw sick pay, can he? 
Isn't it illegal? " The shop 
steward just said indifferently, 
"No, he doesn't have to pay it.' 

In one of the bits of NGA 
bumf which are occasionally 
handed round the office, and 
for which, plus the tail end of 
the wages settlements, we pay 
£ I per week dues, I read that 
the union officials are now dis- 

■¥ we'd like ^ 
you to meet: 

of the Chief Constable. IheHitororStraliiclyde Police.^ A JlTjk jfe ^ ^ ji» .fc. 1£ ^TTJ . 



who says 
that life 
isn't always 
even for an 


POPE JOHN PiSdrH iriU Oy lato Glasgow for the St. Cuthbert's 
Day celebrations. This was the shock news from Rome las-, 
night. The brief announcement came only, homs after a major speech 
by his Hoiiness in which capitalism was Aelscilbed as "swinish and 
humanly degrading". 

He called on all true Christiaas to embrace the philosophy of 
anarchism and take over the means W^iHtejettoa and exchange ttOB 
the bosses. "Our salvation lies in our own hands", he said in his 
' emotional appeal. 

Before the stunned crowd of 

^ball stadium, His Holiness made 
as "a nation in the utmost 
peril". He drew attention to the 
pndif ecation of nacleai Sasef 
and the dmoping at atomic waste 
in Scotland as "a crime against 
the Scottish people". 


This has caused experts to 
predict Uiat when the Pope 

" he will make a 
on the political 
L where all the 
V^Sties endorse the 
capitalist system. 

As one Vatican insider expl- 
ained: "All his years in Poland 
under the Nazis and the Comm- 
anist Party he was like a flower 
bidden in the dark. Now that he 
is Pope, whenever he hears of 
areas of nmltiple d^-^n-ivstion, 
enviromental poUutio:-, large 
scale unemploynient and social 
and political squalor, he is 
moved to go to that place and 
flay the bosses and the poUt- 
cians who are, in the eyes of 
His Holiness, the main cause of 
tattinan misery in the world". 


:es in Whitehall admit 
ministers and MPs 
are "qnaking in 
the ttaeug^t of 
h the Pope may 
tour of Scotland. 
Tice is particu- 
that the Pontiff 
gruesome con' 
ish prisons, with 

the recent riots at Peterhead 

trovetsy over the "cages" at 
.|>M«eitleid stUt (»^iig^ 3ke 

police too are worried that the 
Pope may mention the unexpla- 
ined deaths of people whilst in 
polloe cnstody both North and 
South of the border. 


The word from the City is 
that shares have tumbled disas- 
trously since t.'ie Pope's Scottish 
visit was announced. It was 
rumoured in London last night 
that a top civil servant was on 
his way to Rome in a last-ditch 
attempt to persuade His Holiness 
to call off the trip to North Bri- 
tain in the interests of public 
safety. But it is generally con- 
ceded that there is little like- 
lihcod the Pope will alter Us 



1.10pm Arrival of Vatican Jet at Glasgow Airport. 

Z.nO Estimated time of arrival at George Sq. of Pope 

, leading a march of Socialists, Anarchists, TradeUnionists 
and Tenants Groups. 

3.15 , Estimated time of departure fri)iii Geur^i:: Sq. al'ter Circling 
and snubbing Cify Chainters anrl Inhabii.Tiits therin. On to 
the Horseshoe Bar for Pie & Eieaiis, and small refreshment, 

4,00 Tour of the Legendary Glasgow Underground Calacombs. 
Special Service for the Blessing of the Holy Relic - 
"St. Perters Bum" - founc^ durii^ excavations^ 

5.00 Auntie JeaRies for dinner, 

6.30 Mass singalong at Glasfiow X. 

7.00 Adjourn to "Sarty Heid" for Darts Championship needle 
match with Pastor Glass. (Proceeds to Glasgow Anarchist 

1L30 Tiffanys for a- Knees Up, 

Wowllf the Valient rally 
Ilka thli, I'll switch any day f 

krchblill** of CaBtwhlry 1. mind Howct! "**"! It 
doesn't take a pretentious spaced-out 
head like me to spot the clue in the 
titles...... POPE . . . Dig the rhyme? 

POPE — DOPE . . . Right? THAT'S 
where it's at . . . and how! Whoooosh! 

4when one considers tin: basic 
subject matter, one can only 
lament an opportunity totally 
sctuandercd. In vain I looked for 
spiritual dignity, historical vera- 
city or a quick flash of pubic hair.^ 
Prince Charles 

Far , 


gAINTS preserve us. 


•Yes it'b all here! 

So, go on, go and 
gcf^ eyeful (and an 
earful) of the prancing 
prelate and the rest of 
the gang; you won't 
regret it. [ was converted 
- and you'll be too; and 
I wouldn't mind betting 

Cliff Richard 

Undoubtably the Pope has paid 
the Scots People the highest 
compliment in coming here. 
Caracteristically the Scots 
people have thrown themselves 
into preparing their traditional 
hospitality, and as k result 
Brewery shares have trebled. 

Certainly the common man 
seems to have found a saviour 
in Pope John Paul II. In twelve 
months he has become the most 
popular man on earth. He is 
today, as his nicl<-name implies 
"John Paul Superstar", and 
his fans have gone into ecstasy 
just as much as the most fer- 
' vrent followers of Sinatra, Elvis 
or Linda Lovelace. 

However, the Pope's hopes 
that the Scots people will throw 
off their shaclcles may be ground- 
less. Is he fully aware of the 
proud subserviance of the 
native Scot? 

Moderator explains 
refusal to meet Pope 

NO chance! 

Consider the millions of 
Scots who swaggered proudly 
to their death fighting in far 
f lun$ corners of our once mi gftty 
Empire. - 
Thinit of the generations of 
Clansmen and women who 
meekly left their homes and 
crofts to the cheiftains sheep. 
How passionately obsequious 
they were bobbing down and 
scraping to their Lords . 
The Scot may talk |ike a 
■■ rebel (especially with a drink 
in him), but he will always act 
like a patriot. 

Like Mannie Shinwell and 
Jimmy Reid, the Scots are not 
rebels they are comedians. 

The Times wishes the Pope 
all the luck in the world with 
his.anarchrst crusade - he'll 
certainly need it! 

The Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Scotland explained 
last night in detail why he will not meet tlie Pope during his forth- 
comiiig Scottish tour. The attitude of the Moderator and of the 
Clerk of the C3asgow Presbytery has led to bitter debate within the 
Scottish churches. 

In a personal statement last 
night the Moderator said: "Let 
me put it like this. I knew old 
Red Socks when he was just 
plain Lolek the Pole. And let 
me tell you right away , he had 
some very peculiar habits,' 
even in those days. Far be it 
from me to calumniate the 
Holy Hiker, but 1 could tell 
you a few things that happened 
in Kracow that would make 
your thing stand on end. I 
don't want to be the one to 
point the finger, of course, bur 
do you know that he wears a 
reinforced corset under his 


To be perfectly 
frank, and believe me I am 
loathe to say it, poor old Karol 
Wojtyla was never really right 
in the head after his had acc- 
idfent. Haven't you noticed how 
from time to tune he falls 
down slavering at the mouth 
and licking tlie ground? Well, 
I ask you..." 

The Moderator went on to 
stress thai his unreadiness to 
meet Pope John Paul 11 sprang 
not from any personal feelings 
or animosities, although it 
was common kftowledge that 

the Pope imbibed large qua^ 
titles of Vodka and Beer da,, 
andliad the unbecoming habil 
of singing in a loud voice and 
throwing his arms about , but 
from sound theological princi- 


On thing is certain, howgv*, 
The gceat debate within t|g| 
Protestant churches : 
to continue. Some otA 
talking points are as 're 
Is God an astronaut? 
Was Jesus on drugs? 
Was Mary a house robot? 
Should Rangers FC sign Papists 
May sodomites enter the. clergy; 

e eye: 

All th 

nes which 

e Eo wash and that's why 
e best. Dogs don't go to he: 
bur good Christian people 
younger and .smelling good all the 
get washed when they die and sit 

tning with Jesus, eating all that clean ft 
smiles when he sees the people washing. ..^ 
that people like cleanliness and that's why he - 

only younger, with new hair, teeth and skin all 
naked but not fotnicating, eating all that clean food. 
That's why it's important to get the old folks soaped 
and combed and into bed between those nice sheets 

boiled four times and ironed into nice even creases 

for Jesus — and their toenails pared. 
Our old people look good, just simple people the coloi of 
milk and veal roast. When it's time Jesus calls them 
He says: "O have you pared your nails.'" And they an- 
"O yes, Sweet Lord, we have pared our nails and 
ironed our sheets twelve times." And Jesus sm 
you clean?" Which is a joke because He kn 
they are and the old folks laugh a lot at this. Anf 
says: "Do you smell good and are you the color of veaP 
roast?" And the old folks answer: "O yes. Lord, wel 

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I Mhvavt; a tot of pleasure from visiting White Lion Street Sdiooi. It i. 
not jusi the friendly informality of the place, there is something alse - ai 
:>.i,inL!sphor<? of excitement and vitahty. There is always something interes 


\n 1 



ofullv- In f;^ 
insisted on politeness if anvonc mterupted. 

The chUdren were not obliged to 
attend the debate - indeed they are . M-xny 
not obliged to attund any event. TKcy these a 


; because they were intt^r- 

Some of the pupils who were not 
interesttxl in the- doh^ito were help-' 
ing to make the ,«chool dinners in the 
kitchon'i,Ki,uff(Hi btiked potatoes and 
crinkly kak- - dtiiicious!). In theorv 

tion. - but what. us real education? 
I.S it sweating over latm granimor? 
Or learning the diites of medieval 
battles? Or night tho iuiKWor bo 
found back in the White Lion 

-■How many pounds; of potatoes 

which educationalists persist in 
Ignoring. Of course the childr^ 
are taught arithmatic. Reading, and 
Writing, but unhke most kids, thev 
have to use the skills in tlie 


To my mmd this is w 
• Xaon IS all about. Edui 
; -paEt'and parcel of evervday life. 
Tlie world is full of exCLting and 
interesting things - kids know th) 
and arelceen to learn given a 
chance. Children are bom with a 
curiosity and desire to do things. 
White Lion encourages tliese 
natural, healthy desires in -an- at- 
niosphere of Support- and- freedom. 
. What a contrast this i.s to thr^ 
- long dreau^ boredom of mv o' vn 
school days, hitting chained to 
a desk while 
droned on anc 
Wiint*^d to be 

meal and who does the dishes, but 
again there is no rigid adherence to 
the rule. i • 

Some of the children wei:« there 
because it wm their turn, others 
because like most children they are 

sted i 

doing now thinfjs. Thin^ like h 
riding, skatinf:;, puppet-miikmg. 
woodwork, musicil plays, and a 
iiosf. of other thinE^s which are a 
part of White Lion. 

"Weil multiply it!". 
"Where did vou buy these spuds 
iuiyway? . 

doz«i other RK.'\L 

.-Already decided these kids "don't 
matter. The vvhole place is totally 
dedicated , to th&minonty of fiids 

fuh In short middle-class teachers 
jselect'raiddlft-claeB.^cids and pm 
labels on them; THE NEW MANAG 
ERS. If they do the job well, then 

3pts that 
class IS justified. 

The fact that a few-working class 
sons and daughters learn to ape 
their middle class 'better^ and 
move up the social ladder is irrel- 

. So t 

1 the recent 

The Glasgow Free School Association exists ro 
further these ideas and help put them into practif 
'^'e HelLeve thac Xhe State system of education 
exists to scriK'f the State and industry. It 
does not serve the children s needs.. 
The curricuUm is irrelevent: and when the kids 
T'ebcl against this they are -literally beaten into 

If you axe interestedt Fhone David 04I 63I 3570 

rubbish about new and 'fairer' 

The emphasis on competitKMi 
be even stronger and it will be 
easier for people to accept the c 
trick that we need a privelaged 

Co-operation, not competition 
is the key u> WhiU- I.ion Fnv- 
School. EacK, -.uul ,■.v,-^-^ k\r. 


but we oncouraeG people to stretch 
themselves and take courses in 
anv area they feel inadequate ■ 
Had they any trouble with the 

"We prefer to call ourselves 
■workers' rather than "teachers . 
NUT members don' t aprove of what 
we are doing, because we emph- 
asise deprofessionalisme education 
We are joining the T&CWU". 

'Ihe media ha^^ tended to empha- 
.sise the success WhiU> Lion has 
had uiLh so-called 'problem kids'. 
Are they happy witii tins ima^e'? 

"We have a wide mixtjjrr of 
kids (from nurscp,- age upwards 1 
m£V!iy of whom did not have ^\n^■ 
problems in the ordinary schools. 
It is quite wrong to portray us as a 
truancy centre. Our approach helps 
EVERY kind of child". 

And what is special alwut thi; 
approach? It is the emphasis an 
the problems and inicresL'^ of ihi 
individual ciiild. 'I'h- - I i 
learn all about ever\ 




tha adult is to help Uiem orLiiuiise 
their experience and make the most 
of it. The hist time I was there one 
group was off skating and another 
had orgiwiised a long weekend in 

The Front door of White Lion 
School IS always open and there is 
a const;^nt cnming and going. This 

arc tortured with Iwredom. The 
kids arc free to out ^ind -.explore 
the riches of the world and they . 
take full advanti^ge of the oppor- 
■ tunity; Th^, love It. 

Danger! Idiot at work 


In Glasgow, a city with one of 
the worst housing records in 
Britain, strange things are 
liappening. In yet another des- 
perate attempt to get their own 
house in order, the district 
^council have established new 
management structures in their 
various offices of their Housing 
Management Dept. 

In Gastlemilk, a post-war 
scheme of about 10,000 houses 
and 45,000 occupants, the new 
housing manager there, McLen- 
nan, is the latest in; a long 
line of idiots ... 

Mind you we've had hund- 
reds of tiiem before, but this 
McLennan is the stupidest 
bloody idiot of them all -Why? 
Get tuned and listen. 

This idiot was given the 
gift of deciding how a quarter 
of a millipn pounds of our 
money should be used to' help 
the Castlemilk people to make 
life more pleasant. Such as 
play-areas for children; New 

sinks and baths; help for the 
elderly with winter problems or 
any sensible idea that the 
money could be used for. 

He has power to back any 
good idea needing cash, sug- 
gested to him the people of 

He was instructed by out 
councillors to hold meetings 
and find out what we had to 

eh: I THIMC (AN 

■me , - 

What happened? ■ this fly 
man is an ecologist - he likes 
flowers - he likes spending 
money - lie knows the people 
of Castlemilk understand the 
beauty of having nice looking 
gardens. He also has friends • 
who have businessess that 
sell bulbs and trees. And 
what do tou think he decided? 

He decided he would not 
hold any meetings with the 
people of Castlemllk until HE 
decided how to spend OUR 
money. And here's how he 
spent it: 

Out of £250,000 he spent 
£20,000 on planting bulbs, 
£30.000 on pliln ting trees, 
£15,000 on plants and shrubs, ' 
£40,000 on gardens and hedges, 
trip rails for walks and decora- 
tion £45,000, totaling £150,000 
on bulbs, trees, plants, shrubs, 
greenery and hedges and trip- 
ways - yes £150,000. A" ">e shadow b( 

How's that!! engineering union 

When we in Gastlemilk claimants Most workers n 

He said, ne will spend OUR 
money as he wants to. He 
would allocate only £85,000 for 
two games courts and £5,000 
for a wall out of the total 

We have asked him to give 
£10,000 for a resource centre. 
He promised he would if we 
worked hard and came up with 
ii plan, legal and helpful to the 
people of Gastlemilk. We did, 
and guess what lie said? 

"Because I had already 
decided before we met you're 
not getting any of YOUR money 
I'm spending it in the way I 
want to".' 


ing IS over between the T.U. leaders of the 
and the emploveis, 
' know that 

^ uniem got wind of this, we 
told him "No! Help the people 

MONEY MATTERS, (or does it?) 

Two chaps boarded a train and 
sal in the same compartmentt 
This was the patter. 

"Going far?" 

"No. just a couple of stops. 
I'm going down for the week- 
end to see my brother-in-law. 
He has a few weeks free. He's 
on strike." 

"What does he work at?" 
"He works in the mint, 
printing money." 

"Your joking, of course." 
"No, not in the least." 
"What's he on strike for 
then? - No, don't tell mel 
.More money! Right? I would 
hi--.^ thought he was already 
niaMiife pientyof money." 
"Not for himself, though." 
uiui \ daul If he goes 
c :rike for a w age increase, it 
means the ^rice of money will 
Therefore, his 
will decrease in the 
M' notes needed to meet 
the increase because of their 
increased value. Once produc- 
tion increase?, his increase will 
decrease in value, as the value 
of the pound decreases. ' ' 

•'You're only half right. As 
it happens, the mint have 
InstaHed new printing presses 
which print twice as many notes 
in the same time as the old 
presses. So they double the 
output, which gives the mint 
workers a rise, as they are on 
bonus. But if they produce two 


pounds in place of one, then the 
law of supply and demand 
means the value of the pound 
will have decreased by 50% and 
will be worth only 50p. The 
amount of money, say £30, they 
are paid in wages will then be 
worth only half its present 
value, and that would be £15. 
So they need £60 in notes to 
equal the present value of £30. 
That's the real reason they are 
on strike." 

"Why don't they take it to 

"Oh, they did." 

"What happened?" 
. -"Well, there were three 
cha|)s V ;on the arbitration 
tribunal and they were to be 
paid £10 per day for six days, 
which would be £50 each. 
However, that was before they 
knew what the dispute was 
about. When they did find out 
they noticed tiie £60 would oniy 
be worth £30 when the strike 
was over, so they asked for a 
built-in settlement that would 
give them £120. The mint 
refused to put this into a written 
contract since no de-valuation 
of the pound has. as yet. taken 
place, so the arbitrators held a 
meeting and went on strike and 
the mint had to call in another 
arbitrator to arbitrate in the 
arbitrators strike." 

"What if all the strikers 
lose their case." 

'Oh. Christ. I hate to think. 
As 1 pointed out, the pound will 

"TT"! — " « 

B =2 

. c = ? : 

be wonh oniv 50p. which equals 
a 50% reduction in real wages. 
That will only buy half the 
goods we can but now, which 
will mean a 50% increase in 
pirces. Naturally the Union will 
want a 50% increase in t;ost of 
living bonus, but the govern- 
ment will allow only a 10% 
wage increase which will 
be equal to approximately £6 
which equals the value of £3. 
The Union wiil recommend £12 
to be equal to the value of £6. 
Because of the 50% price 
increase nobody will be able to 
buy anything which will lead to 
cut backs in production. 
I Workers will be paid off and we 
will have massive unemploy- 
ment. As the mint workers 
become unemployed, the 
production of money will ease 
off, which will mean an increase 
in its value because of its 
scarcity. This rise will bring the 
pound back to its present value 
and everyone's dole moncv will 
have doubled. People will have 
so much money to throw around 
it will cause raging inflation 
and the country will go 

"Doesn 't seem possible, 
does it? Why are you going to 
see your brother-in-law 

"Oh, I'm going to try and 
borrow a few quid. Things 
are a bit rough. For the past 
three weeks I've been on 

the ccKiventicMial means of 
strike; going on the cobble 
stones have had their day. Many 
more effective forms of strike 
action have been. devised withm 
[■ecent decades. The rank and 
file are awai-e of them. Aren't 
the T.U. leaders? 

Imai^ination is there but 
seriousness is not. The reason 
why these arph-deceptioni.sts 
called a two day strike is 
because they tinn r have to pay 
Strike benefit money. Further- 
more, they may not be able to 
control a general strike and this 
is Impo'tanr to them. 

Trade anions 
want to control ttieu' members. 
Officialdom has a stakR m the 
NNsIim Hf-iice the i s wh\ 
officials oppose the idea of 
uniomsm operatini^ af^ainsi the 
system for a. radical cliatise. 

Much te-shaping ol thought 
i;as to be. performed. Manv 
[tultants stlU think th;i!. the 

perhaps twi 
could worl: 


t to r 

rather than 
as in the older uni( 

motlev mass as m ■ 
unions such as the 
and Genenl ^Vork-^' 

It IS also essential 
to atart thmking in 
i'-^istup iinct control 
A' their own do-it-. 
vtMnerif. Ihis would 
iin ;n.1ustrial 
on a class basis 
>a the basis of craft 


■ iMtticular 
.-■.oveninient . Thev do nor forsee 
anv development of iininnism 
replacing government as such. 
Unionism, therefore, remains 
a house divided against itself. 
- Unions are divided and sub- 
divided, instead of there being 
one union for each industry we 
have a hoKt of different unions 
within any given industry. One 

aid i 

.ike [ 

■ offirials 

What is the next r 
this sequence? 

a □ O D 

.3. Whtchisthe odd man out'' 

"Hey diddle, the and 

the fiddle." 

What have all these shapes 
in common? 



redundant. It would also tend to 
develop class solidarity. 

The T.U.C. not wanting a 
repetition of the engineers ^^o- 
longed strike are now advocating 
action at local level. This woiild 
be more effective against the 
onslaught of government attacks 
on working class standards of 
living. However co-operation and 
CO- OTd in at ion are essential. 

Although each factory may 
adopt its own means of struggle 
it would be conducive to iiave 
links through the respective 

The T.U.C. of course i 
advocating actioii_at local level ^ 
for obvious reasons Co this 
writer. They do not want to call ; 
a national general strike m case ■■ 
workers remember^the parody of 
the general strike in 1926. Then 
they left all the means of pro- 
duction in tire hands of the 

In remambering this they may 
decide to vote with their feet 
and march into the factories. 
This would be giving birth to £ 
new healthv society. It would hej^ 
the prelude to the social 
revolution long overdue. 
R. Lynn